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Energy: Tough Decisions

Energy: tough decisions

The public narrative oversimplifies ways of eradicating load-shedding. Just settle the ‘circular debt’ and improve governance — prevent electricity theft, collect bills on time and install prepaid meters — and…

Limits To Privatisation

Limits to privatisation

From the statements of the PML-N leaders (likely to adore federal ministries) a clear hint is that privatising the public sector enterprises (PSEs) would be the focus of the new…

Fixing The Economy

Fixing the economy

As a nation we seem to believe that there is either a magic wand that will make our problems disappear or that undertaking reforms is like fixing an electricity fuse…

Challenges And Opportunities

Challenges and opportunities

Arrangements made for re-polling at 43 stations in NA-250 showed the ECP and the Army the difference such arrangements could have made to the May 11 election results whose authenticity…

Economic Reform Agenda

Economic reform agenda

In the first part of this article (April 30) I summarized the economic challenges that the new government will inherit, suggesting ways to address them particularly in the light of…

Energy Prospects For Pakistan

Energy prospects for Pakistan

Access to reliable, affordable and uninterrupted electric power and other forms of energy is the key to economic growth and welfare of any society. Studies by International Energy Agency and…

Of IMF And Things To Come

Of IMF and things to come

There is no use in avoiding the obvious - it is best that we as a nation reconcile ourselves to the fact that another IMF programme is inevitable. If there…

Mandviwalla Vs Sheikh

Mandviwalla vs Sheikh

Serious charges are surfacing against the newly appointed Finance Minister Saleem H. Mandviwalla and lately the three-year reign of Dr Hafeez Sheikh marked by unsustainable reliance on domestic borrowing, poorly…